University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
2001 4th Avenue Science Building, Room B150 Stevens Point WI 54481 United States

Per CAPTE: This program has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; phone: 703-706- 3245; email: If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 715-346-4870 or email

Candidate for Accreditation is an accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the program may matriculate students in technical/professional courses. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status does not assure that the program will be granted Initial Accreditation. Candidacy is considered to be an accredited status, as such the credits and degree earned from a program with Candidacy Status are considered, by CAPTE, to be from an accredited program.  Therefore, students in the charter (first) class should be eligible to take the licensure exam even if CAPTE withholds accreditation at the end of the candidacy period.  That said, it is up to each state licensing agency, not CAPTE, to determine who is eligible for licensure.  Information on licensing requirements should be directed to the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT; or specific state boards (a list of state boards and contact numbers is available on the FSBPT’s website).

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Program Description

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program (DPT) at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) has a commitment to advancing excellence in physical therapy education.  Our campus has long been a leader in sustainability, and our program lives this value by focusing on you as a learner.  At UWSP you will be anchored in a curriculum characterized by 'learning by doing'.  You will be engaged in faculty-mentored clinical practice from the first week of the program in a non-competitive, collegial, feedback-rich environment.  Our program is committed not only to the student but to the community, and you will have frequent opportunities to engage in mentored learning that has real impact to the people of central Wisconsin.  

The DPT curriculum is a full-time degree program.  While the program utilizes blended learning, it relies on face-to-face learning opportunities to coach critical skill development.  Our program uses a holistic approach to admissions with emphasis placed on experiences and attributes developed in your undergraduate learning that prepare you for the habits of heart and the habits of mind that anchor physical therapy practice.  Our program is committed to developing a student uniquely ready for practice in rural communities; this means that our graduates will have in depth instruction in differential diagnosis and clinical reasoning framed by the cultural and community experiences that are familiar to rural communities.  

Because sustainability means we are in this together our program is built on shared learning, including our clinical internships, that prepare you to be a member of a diverse team.  Even the student who chooses to pursue a solo practice following graduation will find they graduate with a team that has their continued professional development as a priority.  UWSP's DPT program doesn't develop students who will be physical therapists one day - we enroll student physical therapists and help shape your career.

The DPT program at UWSP is a developing program.  Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; phone; 703-706-3245; is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE. The program is planning to submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage, on December 1, 2021. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the [professional/technical] phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in [professional/technical] courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.

Program offers a guaranteed freshman admission pathway?
Dual Degrees
Will the professional (entry-level) PT program offer a satellite or branch campus to applicants during the upcoming admissions cycle?
Admission Interviews
Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
Additional information about interviews

Participation in a campus visit and interview will be considered in final admissions decisions. For additional information regarding the UWSP campus visit, please visit the UWSP DPT Apply page:

Is a Deposit Required for Accepted Applicants?
Total cumulative deposit
Additional Information about Deposit
The deposit is required upon receiving an invitation to join UWSP DPT.  To secure your position in the program, your deposit is required within 15 calendar days of receiving your invitation to join the DPT at UWSP.   Information on payment of the deposit is included in your welcome letter. The deposit will be applied to the first semester charges.
Deposit Refundable?
Additional Information about Refunds
All admissions deposits are governed by UW System Policy 805, section A.20 Admission Deposits:  
Deposits collected on a rolling basis after offer of admission made?
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Additional information about the class profile
Program gives preference to applicants who attended UW-Stevens Point for their undergraduate education.
Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) Status
Program housed at a Minority-Serving Institution No
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